It’s 20 years since The Matrix was released (don’t you feel old?), but the bullet time effect is still incredibly popular. I don’t know what the deal is with the title they gave for this video, but The King of Random just put up this video covering how they made their bullet time slow motion camera rig using a handful of off-the-shelf components. It’s a simple design, but very effective, producing some fantastic final results.
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THe good folks over at Film Riot have had this up for a while, and it went under the radar. With my recent obsession to jibs I stumbled upon it and thought it was worth sharing.
I love the idea of using a lazy Susan for smooth tilt movement and the fact that it is a huge and sturdy jib with a long motion range. And that it is black.
At first, the Atoll might seem like just a regular tripod collar, the kind that many of us have used with our lenses for years – at least telephoto lenses. But Atoll comes with a bit of a twist (no pun intended) that allows you to get that lens collar functionality with lenses that weren’t actually designed to have a collar attached.
It’s essentially two mounting plates in one – one that goes on top of your tripod head and one that mounts underneath your camera – connected via a rotating ring that goes around your lens and allows you to easily rotate it without having to deal with the inherent issues of ball heads and blocking cable connections. It’s been launched through Kickstarter where it’s already hammered its goal multiple times over.
If you take product photos for e-commerce, you need consistent lighting and setup for shooting the items from all angles. If you’re on a budget, worry not – you can achieve great results on the cheap. In this helpful video, Dustin Dolby of workphlo will show you how to create professional-looking 360° product photos. You’ll need just one light, a kit lens, and a smartphone-controlled turntable.
Photo and video gear is expensive, we all know that. Still, there are so many items you can buy for less than $50, yet they’re incredibly useful for shooting. In this video, Peter McKinnon will show you six awesome, but cheap gadgets you can use for filmmaking, but also for photography.
If you make a lot of product shots, especially with small items, I’ve found a wonderful DIY build for you. It’s a turntable you can make yourself, it requires no motor and it’s super-cheap. You’ll spend around $20 and a couple of minutes to make it, and get great results.
Motorized turntables for product photography are not that expensive (around $100). But if you can make your own for 5 times less money and in just a few minutes – why wouldn’t you? Jordan Carrasquillo of New Amsterdam Photo Video shows you how to build this great solution for 360 product videos and photos, along with some shooting and editing tips.
Team Shootr did a visit to IKEA proving yet again that the IKEA store is heaven on earth when it comes to DIYing a studio. This video shows 6 of the sweetest IKEA hacks I’ve seen, some at the cost of a cup of coffee. (Some of the hacks were featured here before, but the video is a great roundup). Hit the jump for a full recap.
The only caveat, the names of the products are the weirdest I’ve ever seen… see if you can pronounce them all :)
If you’re into product photography, you know what a great impact a 360 degree image can have. It will instantly upgrade any website and is an excellent addition to the services you can offer your clients.
In this tutorial, originally posted by Vladimir Matiyasevich, you will learn how to build a steady 360 degree turntable and a mini studio in 5 minutes. Assuming you already own a set of speed lights, studio flashes or desk lamps, this project should cost you approximately $15 and a trip to the nearest IKEA store.
If you are taking lots of product photos for eBay or Etsy, here is a clever way to automate a 360 product shot courtesy of Rotaryview. (While the video below uses their system for the final gif, you can use other ways group the shots – like combining them into an animated gif)
I’m a big fan of DIY motion control rigs and we’ve featured quite a few here on DIYP before, including this crazy 6-axis (mostly) 3D printed one. But this one from Andreas Epp – who goes by FuzzyLogic on YouTube – is a really slick design. Not only is it a thing of mechanical beauty, but it also seems to rival many commercially available systems out there, too.
Andreas’ motion control system is 3-axis, including a slider and a pan-tilt head. It’s a setup that you wouldn’t expect to be all that difficult. But having had a go at building some myself, they can be quite complex beasts to nail down – especially when you’re relying on 3D printed parts.